Yasiel Puig is hitting .500 with four homers and a 1.453 OPS through eight career games and Dodgers fans are snatching up everything they can with his name on it.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that “the Dodgers sold more Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period.”
According to Hernandez that total includes 2,000 t-shirts at $28 a pop and 600 jerseys, which sell for either $225 or $110. So, doing some rough math, the Dodgers sold about $200,000 worth of Puig stuff in four days.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.